Being very resourceful, the people of Bonaire have combined their different ethnic backgrounds to produce a truly unique dance style. The rhythms are reminiscent of African drum beats yet contain modern influences making them seem fresh and new.
The Simadan, one of Bonaire’s most widely known dances, is traditionally done in celebration of a successful maize harvest and takes place in fall. Everyone in the village plays a part in bringing in the crops and celebrating with food and drink. The Bari is another Bonaire dance with harvest roots. It is strongly influenced by the Waltz, the Mazurka, the Polka, and a local dance 'Baile di Sinta,' which is performed around a maypole. These all originate in Europe. The Rumba, Carioca, and Meringue came to Bonaire from northern Caribbean islands, while Latin America contributed the Danza and the Joropo.
For an island with limited resources, Bonaire has earned a reputation for having some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. Island chefs continue to place high in annual regional and international competitions.
Local “snacks” serve dishes that are considered to be traditional. Menus are mostly fresh stews, soups and fried treats. Of course, fresh fish is also featured. While Bonaire has a few “brand name” fast food outlets, each establishment adds its own “local” flare. The more upscale restaurants generally have extensive wine lists and very creative menus.
From chic to home cooking, Bonaire has it all. Visitors choose from many different ethnic offerings. Indonesian, Chinese, Surinam, Continental, French, Italian…the list goes on! Diners can expect to pay moderate prices much in line with a medium city in the US, South America or Europe.